New York City is set to increase traffic safety measures and has called on the State to approve overnight and weekend speed camera enforcement.
According to official report, the NYPD would focus holiday enforcement and education efforts on speeding and DWI. In addition, public awareness campaigns would also be set up in order to keep New Yorkers informed on critical traffic safety laws.
As year-end data proves the COVID-19 pandemic led to unsafe driving speeds on emptier city streets, as Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday Joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) and NYPD to announce major initiatives to booster speed camera enforcement , crack down on drunk driving and, increase public awareness of traffic safety laws.
Three quarters of traffic fatalities this year happened in times or places where no automated speed limit enforcement is allowed under current state law, and over a third of non-highway fatalities occurred in school-camera zones during the hours when the cameras could not issue tickets.
The city will call on the state to amend the state speed camera law to allow cameras to operate around the clock.
And as the holiday season reaches its peak, the NYPD will focus its annual holiday enforcement-including for DWI-along corridors that have seen high rates of speeding crashes.